The Big Auction

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The big auction

a collection of art to explore and challenge the problems of our society today, raising awareness and funds for the Big issue.

Project Stats
  • ARTIST: Mixed
  • CLIENT: The Big Issue
  • LOCATION: The Other Art Fair
  • SERVICES: Art, AV Production
THE DETAILS

Our team of artists was enlisted to deliver a range of exciting and thought provoking artwork that could support The Big Issue’s ongoing awareness campaign, delivering a collection that could ultimately be sold at auction, raising both awareness and funds.

Our team of Creative Giants looked at the aims of ‘A hand up not a hand-out’ campaign, then sourced artists who could work with a range of mediums to fit the brief. We needed to offer something different and a donation from Fender was our inspiration.

By working with architects, musicians and sculpture artists, we created a awe-inspiring collection of iconic Stratocaster guitars, transformed into incredible works of art by a handpicked selection of some of the most globally revered, contemporary artists of our time.

Funds raised from The Big Art Auction will be used to support Big Issue sellers who make their living selling the magazine on the streets.

“We are delighted to be working with Creative Giants and The Auction Collective on this hugely exciting event. With footfall down in previously busy high streets across the UK, it’s very tough out there at the moment for Big Issue sellers. The Big Art Auction, with these truly one-off works of art, will raise urgently-needed funds to ensure we can continue to support our sellers, both now and in the future”.

Russell Blackman, Managing Director for The Big Issue

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City of Culture

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Coventry - City of culture 2021

Art to regenerate, reinvigorate and build a legacy

Project Stats
  • CLIENT: Public realm refresh
  • ARTIST: Mixed
  • LOCATION: Coventry
  • SERVICES: Consultancy, design and development
THE DETAILS

As the city of Coventry gets ready to become UK City of Culture 2021, we are working in collaboration with Coventry City Council and Coventry City of Culture Trust to provide long-term strategic consultancy, project-based design and development and public art engagement schemes.

Due to the sensitive and current nature of our work in Coventry for both the public realm and City of Culture Trust, further detail can only be shared upon request.

 

“City of Culture 2021 will showcase Coventry’s vibrancy and creativity to the world. This new brand and bold manifesto is an exciting vision of what lies ahead for residents and visitors to enjoy.”​

Caroline Dinenage MP,  Minister of State for Digital and Culture

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Project 84

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Project 84

EVERY TWO HOURS A MAN IN THE UK TAKES HIS OWN LIFE. It was time to get people talking about it.

Project Stats
  • ARTIST: Mark Jenkins
  • CLIENT: STRONG & CO
  • LOCATION: ITV Tower, London
  • SERVICES: Design, build, promote
THE DETAILS

Male suicide and mental health is a big issue and charity CALM wanted to stop people in their tracks and get people talking about it.

Working with creative agency Strong & Co and Mark Jenkins, an American artist most widely known for his street sculptures made from packing tape, we built individual sculptures that would represent real lives lost to suicide, placing them in prominent places to raise awareness and trigger debate.

Working with twelve groups of families and friends who lost someone to suicide, Mark built hyper-realistic tape models representing the life of the person they had lost.

Involving the families not only helped the grief process, it created a story that would reinforce the impact of each sculpture. A poignant reminder of a real life and a call to society to come together and ultimately take a stand against male suicide.

The next step was to achieve maximum prominence. Working with CALM we were able to place 84 statues at the top of Television Studios, representing the number of men who die each week. It received incredible press coverage and was the catalyst for the Government’s decision to appoint a suicide prevention minister, inciting structural change through a demonstrable change in government policy.

 

“Here at This Morning we never shy away from stories that can be difficult to talk about – and without doubt, one of the most heartbreaking is losing a loved one to suicide.”

Phillip Schofield, ITV presenter for This Morning

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